We need a self-subversion party where we all get together across the country and find ways to encourage and empower one another to truly and honestly remove the things we don't need and then give those things to the people who have nothing. Maybe we can start one today.
What so desperately needs forgetting? Drink the Kool-Aid like Chance the Gardener and the very question recedes. Americans want to live in Pleasantville, and every pill they take and ad they watch is their friend.
Can we transform from a society of consumers to a culture of sustainability? I think we can because history has shown that the human spirit is capable of so many things. Like going to the moon. Yes, we can.
That Mad Men chronicles the rise of contemporary advertising should be our first warning. The fantasy machine that propels the American consumer culture achieves this leverage simply with make believe.
I often recall my conversation with a Jewish woman who worshipped an Indian guru. She was on the path to universal forgiveness and gratitude, she told me, there was one obstacle left: she was still working on forgiving Hitler.
No one bothers to bat an eyelash when people "sell out," because the mere idea in '08 of selling out is marrying the American Dream to American Laziness. Why do more for less when you can get more for less!